Nobody wakes up in the morning expecting to be involved in accidents at work or incidents at home. Sadly, accidents happen. It’s often hugely beneficial to know what to do if you find yourself in potentially dangerous situations. Here is some advice to help you prevent injuries if a piece of your clothing catches fire.
What to do when your clothing catches fire
If a piece of clothing catches fire, remember these simple steps: stop, drop, roll.
Stop what you’re doing and stand still. It’s understandable to feel panicked and alarmed, but if you start flapping and running around, this could cause the flames to spread and become more intense. Drop to the floor and lie down. Then roll over. This will help to stem the spread of flames and hopefully, reduce the risk of injury.
If you’ve come across somebody whose clothes are on fire, encourage them to follow the same steps. If they have severe injuries or they have lost consciousness, call 999 and stay with them until help arrives.
Is it possible to claim compensation for burns?
Compensation is awarded to those who have been injured through no fault of their own. Examples of successful compensation claims may include work accidents, which are caused by using unsuitable equipment or slips and trips that result from broken paving, which has already been reported to the local council.
In the case of fires, especially if your clothing catches fire, you may be able to claim if your injuries were caused by using defective products or appliances, or as a result of a lack of due care and attention on behalf of an electrician.
If you think you may have a viable claim for work injury compensation or you wish to pursue a no-win no-fee* claim for a fire caused by using faulty products, call Accident Advice Helpline. We have more than 15 years of experience in handling personal injury compensation claims and we employ an expert team of personal injury lawyers to make the process of claiming simple and stress-free.
If the incident occurred within the last three years, and you have evidence to prove that you were not at fault, call our freephone lines or take the 30-second eligibility test on our website. Our lines are open now on 0800 689 0500 from a landline and 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice